Friday, July 25, 2014

National Blueberry Month

Woo hoo! I had no idea it was Blueberry Month, but now that I know, I feel we should celebrate. Maybe I'll make some blueberry muffins...or better yet, this gorgeous-looking cake from Sally's Baking Addiction.


Or I'll just head to IHOP for blueberry pancakes!

I don't have any blueberry-themed crafts, so I'll just share this page of everyday silliness that my kids and husband dreamed up. He knows how to make balloon animals (I'm not sure why that's a skill of his, but it comes in handy now and then) and got some balloons and then the kids posed for me. I think the funniest pic is the one of my son wearing his Minion shirt with a Minion balloon...which is just a balloon with a face. I could've made that one!



It's nice to have pages for the little things too, so we remember them. The paper I used is My Mind's Eye On the Sunny Side collection. Unfortunately, it's a year or two old, so I don't know if it's available. Fortunately, I'm sure they have something similar this year.

Here's the Book Cover of the Week...it's a YA book about a boy who may not be a dream come true. Haven't read it yet, but love the cover. Doesn't it look dreamy? Ok, sorry, but I do like all the tree tendrils in the lettering and the color is fab.



Hope you're celebrating the everyday fun and that you have a fun Blueberry Month!
Chark

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's A Blustery Day Here

If you're a Winnie-the-Pooh fan, you know that means it's windy and rainy and basically the kind of day you want to spend indoors...doing crafts...all day. Hmmmm. Sounds good to me! 

Here's a card I made with my new Triangle Background die from Hero Arts and a2z Scrapbooking Supplies. I have tons of different papers that I cut out the other day, so expect to see a lot of cards with this die. It's easy and fun to use and I love how it looks.





Tigger and Piglet are stickers that are appliques that someone gave me. You can sew them onto clothes, but they aren't terribly thick so I thought they'd work for a birthday card. I used Bazzill Swiss Dotted cardstock for the background piece and just a bright blue for the die cut piece. 

Oh, and Pretty Little Studio is having a one-day (today!) sale on printed vellum. Each sheet is just 50¢ on sale. I previously bought the stars and woodgrain in aqua—love! I'm buying more today.

Marie Capistran over at the blog made a layout with the rainbow vellum here. Lovely, isn't it? The flair and butterflies, as well as the labels are PLS too. I don't work for them, just like them.


Have a great Wednesday!
Chark

Monday, July 21, 2014

Celebrating Junk Food

So, it's Junk Food Day here in the U.S. and I'm thinking we probably don't need an actual day to indulge ourselves with junk food...but, hey! who am I to argue with a holiday? I guess I'm having chips for lunch. I don't want to, I have to.


Here's a birthday card I made with the Triangle Die from Hero Arts. You can get it at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and use CHARK15 to get 15% off your order. Yay! I used silver paper for some of the triangles and the stripe below the sentiment. I also popped in aqua and white triangles for some more variation.


Happy Monday and Happy Junk Food Day!
Chark

Friday, July 18, 2014

Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

I thought I'd highlight a gift mini album that I received from a pal, Adele. when we used to hang out on the Creating Keepsakes site. She knew I loved The Wizard of Oz, so she spent who knows how much time making this gorgeous album. The papers are Graphic 45 and you can still find them here and there on Etsy. 


Here's the cover, with ribbon, a key and flowers.


This is one page inside where I put a photo I took at the Wizard of Oz museum in Kansas!


I put some of my favorite lines on the tag and this page.


And this is the back cover. THANK YOU, ADELE! It's seriously one of the best presents ever because it was for no reason and she just made it out of the kindness of her heart. I put some pics of my sisters and me in the album too, because they are the reason I love the movie and story so much.

Here's a link to some free Oz digi art from My Chaos Stems From My Inability to Sit Still if you're itching to make something Oz ish.



Happy Weekend!
Chark

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Girly Girls

Today I'm showing you a tag we made at my fave lss The Paper Cottage. It's not my design, but I had to go in and do the make-and-take because I loved the little die cut on the tag. 



Isn't she adorable? It reminds me of the birthday cards I received in the 1970s. I had already purchased these die cuts below from Pretty Little Studio because I loved them. I'm pretty sure I got the Cinderella girl (far right) on a card from my Grandma Murray back in the day.



I love the Queen of Hearts die cut. They have tons of other vintage fun stuff, including printed vellum, star confetti, kitties, numbers, Santa and butterflies. They have pocket cards, which I love for cardmaking and scrapbook pages, die cuts galore and some adorable flair. Check them out—they're having a sale! And some items are as low as 25 cents.

I'm not working with them, I just love them. They're quality products, USA made, unique and fun and quick to deliver. They even tuck in extra die cuts here and there for free when you order!

Here's the Book Cover Of The Week. Her dress is gorgeous and she's kinda a skewed version of these die cuts—not cute, certainly, but kinda adorable in her own way. Looking forward to reading this book. You can try to win the book over at Icey Books this month.


Off to make some fun things today and I'll share them Friday.

Happy Peach Ice Cream Day (on Thursday)!
Chark

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's A Challenge

Some days are a challenge, but I'm talking about a creative challenge. I love challenges, sometimes they are the only thing prompting me to create. I thought I'd share some challenges with you, just in case you're like me and love a good challenge. 

Check out the Linky Party over at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies, where you can win a gift certificate to the store!



If you like clean and simple, CAS-ual Fridays might be for you. Summer Lovin' is the theme this week.


If you like toys, then Child's Play Challenges is for you. This month the theme is Colorforms.

Virginia's View Challenge is always a fun one, even though it's a new one. This is the fifth challenge.


And, last, but not least, is the sketch challenge over at Pretty Little Studio. They have unique and beautiful products over there and I love them! And sometimes they tuck in a little freebie with your order.


Join in with me as we challenge ourselves and maybe win some free goodies!
Chark

Friday, July 11, 2014

Color Me Happy!

I'm not sure why, but I love to color. I have to be in the right mood, but it's fun and soothing and kinda cool to play with color. I like to draw occasionally as well, but I rarely color my own images.

Instead, I pick beautiful work by other artists by using stamps or digi art. I found A Day For Daisies digital stamp shop awhile ago and looovvee her art! And, this generous woman shares her images with short-time-only freebies. This one if free right now if you have ribbon causes to support. 



I found all three of these at her shop, and I purchased the mermaid for just $4.00. The images are usually $4 or on sale for $2 and you can find digi stamps of children, food, fairies, mermaids, mothers and dozens of other gorgeous images.



I used Prismacolor pencils and a little gamsol, although I used less in this one and you can see the pencil marks in the dress. You can also see my test marks on the side—turns out I don't have a good brown, although I literally bought three more the other day, thinking one would be a good skin/hair color. I have 5 browns I think and none are my fave. I mix them usually to get the shade I want.



For the mermaid, I tried to make her skin yellow/green with some gray and brown mixed in, but not loving it. And the gamsol smeared some colors I didn't want mixed. I like her hair, but that's about it. I'll try her again soon.



Here's a sneak peek at my project on a2z Scrapbooking Supplies this week if you wanna check it out. You can use CHARK15 for a 15% discount at the shop! I am such an enabler :)



Oh, and book cover of the week this week is Animals of the Ocean, in Particular the Giant Squid.


The cover is fine, but really the text is the funny part. It gets shelved in non-fiction here locally but it's as non-fiction as Harry Potter. Inside this book you'll find squid dating dos and don'ts, how to greet animals (some prefer the fist bump), long-term effects of salt water on musical theatre and why squids don't watch black and white tv.

Hope you have a fab Friday and weekend!
Chark